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Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)

The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is a comprehensive behavioural program for treating alcohol and other drug problems. CRA is an evidence based approach for helping people overcome alcohol and other drug related problems. It is based on the theory that environmental contingencies can play a powerful role in encouraging or discouraging drinking or other drug use. Consequently, it utilises social, recreational, familial, and vocational reinforcers to assist clients in the recovery process. Its goal is to make a sober lifestyle more rewarding than the use of substances.

The course fulfils the basic training requirement for participant to go on and seek accreditation as a CRA Therapist. Additional study and supervised practice will be required in order to achieve accreditation as a CRA Therapist.

Course Duration: 3 Days (10am to 4.30pm)

Number of Places Available: 16

Who Should Attend?
Participants must be working with an active caseload of clients in a key working or counselling capacity who may need to make some changes to their alcohol or other drug use. Ideally, participants will be open to continue on with training to become proficient in the use of CRA reaching a standard for accreditation.

Dates & Venues:

Trainer:
Brendan Murphy, HSE Regional Training Officer

Course Description:
The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is a comprehensive behavioural program for treating alcohol and other drug problems. CRA is an evidence based approach for helping people overcome alcohol and other drug related problems. It is based on the theory that environmental contingencies can play a powerful role in encouraging or discouraging drinking or other drug use. Consequently, it utilises social, recreational, familial, and vocational reinforcers to assist clients in the recovery process. Its goal is to make a sober lifestyle more rewarding than the use of substances.

The course fulfils the basic training requirement for participant to go on and seek accreditation as a CRA Therapist. Additional study and supervised practice will be required in order to achieve accreditation as a CRA Therapist.

Course Content:
This short course will be based upon the work of Robert J Meyers developments in CRA. Participants will be exposed to the theoretical framework and skills necessary to practice as a CRA Therapist and will have an opportunity to observe, discuss and practice a range of CRA skills and protocols. A description of the CRA Therapist Accreditation Process will also be outlined.

Learning Outcomes:
To have some understanding of the principle of positive reinforcement
To have some understanding of how to use the skills of positive reinforcement within a behaviour change context
To have experience practicing the skills of CRA
To have some ideas on how CRA could be used in their work with service users

Trainer Profile:
Brendan Murphy is an accredited counsellor, supervisor and trainer in a number of evidence based therapies. He works as the Regional Training Officer for the HSE West Drugs Service and has been using and training others in the use of CRA since 2012. In addition to training as a trainer with the co-developer of CRA, Professor Robert J Meyers he has also trained in the CRA sister models of Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training (CRAFT) and the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA)

Certification/Accreditation:
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded on completion of the training

How to book:

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